Northamptonshire pace bowler Jack Brooks has been called into the England Performance Programme squad for training at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough next month following a training camp at Potchefstroom in South Africa.
Brooks received his call up after Warwickshire all-rounder Chris Woakes withdrew from England’s one-day international squad in India because of a thigh injury. Woakes is also in the EPP squad for the sessions and Loughborough and in South Africa.
The EPP comprises players who have been identified as having the potential to play key roles for England in the future.
“I was elated when they gave me the call. I’m absolutely over the moon,” Brooks said. “I thought my chance had gone when I got injured over the last six weeks of the season, but my performances before that were good enough to get me selected.”
“It’s going to be an exciting winter ahead now, and I can’t wait to get started! I will look to work on my fitness during the programme and I can’t wait to learn new skills from the coaches on the programme. It will be good to work with other cricketers who are also striving to break through into the international game.”
Brooks, 27, made his first-class debut for Northamptonshire two years ago having previously played Minor Counties cricket for Oxfordshire.
“This is fantastic news for Jack. I think he will benefit greatly from this programme,” said Northamptonshire coach David Capel.
“Jack proved himself this season with the new ball and I believe he can progress further to become a big asset for Northamptonshire and break into the international scene.”